AUSSIE RULES: AFL North Coast senior competition resumes this weekend after the representative break and it will be punctuated by the final round of the C.ex Group Cross Conference Competition.
A rejuvenated Grafton Tigers will get on the road to Pottsville to take on Tweed Coast in the battle of the Tigers today.
Grafton had a great chance to claim their second win of the season in the last round of competition at home to Port Macquarie but narrowly missed out and it only gets harder on the road to Tweed.
The northern version of the Tigers will be celebrating moving into a new ground at Pottsville and will be keen to ensure they mark the day in style with a big win.
The clash at Richardson Park will be between the ladder leaders of the respective competitions, Sawtell Toormina Saints and Byron Magpies. Sawtell were beaten in their last start by Coffs Breakers but are ready to welcome back several players from the injury list which will provide them with a big boost.
They face the toughest test in the competition with Byron yet to lose a match in the seven previous Cross Conference outings, and being undefeated since the 2015 Northern Rivers Grand Final.
Coffs Breakers are the other North Coast team to play at home this week as they host the Lismore Swans. Breakers were buoyant after the last start win in the local derby and will be looking to continue that excellent form as they close in on the finals.
Lismore are enduring a lean season with only one win to show and are expected to find the going tough against the Breakers.
Also at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park is the next instalment in the rapid growth of Women's AFL with the North Coast Women taking on the Lismore Swans from 12.30pm.
The North Coast team were superb last week, going down to the North West representative team by just one point.
Lismore are a quality, battle hardened team and are likely to pose the strongest challenge yet for the fledgling North Coast Women who have covered themselves in glory in each of their previous two outings.